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Ezekiel 16:43-17:24


I want to pose a question to make us think, but only after I make a statement based on what I believe to be a truth, “We live in a cause and effect world.” And that world operates in cycles.
Gen 8: 22 "As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease."

If the earth is still in operation then things come and go in cycles, thus there is nothing new under the sun as stated by Solomon (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Then what has happened in Sodom is happening today.

We Christians seem to have a single sighted view of Sodom’s demise and point to homosexuality as the cause. We may see it as the cause but I believe that what we accuse her of doing is not a cause but an effect and consequence of pride, laziness and gluttony.

46 "Your older sister was Samaria, who lived with her daughters in the north. Your younger sister was Sodom, who lived with her daughters in the south. 47 But you have not merely sinned as they did--no, that was nothing to you. In a very short time you far surpassed them! 48 As surely as I live, says the Sovereign LORD, Sodom and her daughters were never as wicked as you and your daughters. 49 Sodom's sins were pride, laziness, and gluttony, while the poor and needy suffered outside her door. 50 She was proud and did loathsome things, so I wiped her out, as you have seen. (Ezekiel 16)


Three things caused her to fall. Are these three things lying at our doorstep, yet we refuse to recognize them for who and what they are? Are they the elephants in our living room everyone refuses to acknowledge? We are an overweight nation. We blame everyone but our own gluttony and our failure to exercise. We have not humbled ourselves as a nation, as Christians to accept responsibility for our overeating because, we are after all Christians. We know that Christians don’t commit sins and if we do we don’t have to take responsibility for them because after all, we are Christians and Christians are always right.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

The passage from Psalms talks about a story in the Old Testament, the one where Moses brought the Israelites out of Egypt. It describes how the people made idols and worshipped Baal multiple times, even after the Lord had clearly saved them. So God, in return, sent diseases and plagues down their way. It seems silly that the Israelites would just keep going back to lifeless, powerless idols, but I think that's probably what we do too. For example, God may bless us abundantly with good grades and things, and then we go off and CONSCIOUSLY sin against him. (Maybe not with idols, but things similar like hitting a sibling, etc.) When we think about it in our own lives, we start to see why the Israelites repeatedly fell into that trap. Verse 13-14 explains, "But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold. In the desert, they gave in to their craving." We forget what God does for us and sin, just like the Israelites. But I think trying to remember that God is the all-powerful God, and what blessings he has given us, will motivate me to keep myself from sinning when I know I really shouldn't.

Our responses to who Jesus represents is a litmus test for all of us. He is indeed the one that obsoletes all came before him for he exists for eternity.

High priests is required to offer sacrifices and offerings to God.
It is necessary for them to do so, because God is worthy of all of it.

Praise God for His promise. “This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Hebrews 8:10-12) God Pour out the Holy Spirit on believers so we ca all know and love Him from our heart. The Holy Spirit in us proves that we are His people.

Jesus is the high priest, who is higher than the earthly priests. He is God's new covenant with his people and the solution to the old covenent.

3 Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer.

4 If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. 5 They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven.
I find it interesting that earthly things are meant to symbolize heavenly things. Maybe the way we act should also reflect "heavenly" traits.

They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.”[a] 6

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